by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood
The Bat is based on play inspired by Rinehart’s The Circular Staircase. Cornelia Van Gorder and her guests uncover a mystery at her rented summer home while they are stalked by a masked criminal known as “The Bat.” A detective is called in but his presence only deepens the mystery. In the end it is up to Miss Van Gorder to sort things out. The play and this novel gave Bob Kane a model for the comic book hero Batman.
Published in December 2017